2021 Successfully Transitioning to Autonomous Vertical Flight

Autonomy Webinar 2021

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Successfully Transitioning to Autonomous Vertical Flight

Sept. 15, 2021 — Virtual

Leading VTOL Experts to Address Autonomy

Following up on our very successful program on autonomous vertical flight in 2020, VFS is hosting the next logical follow-on - "Successfully Transitioning to Autonomous Vertical Flight" as we host a very special webinar on Wednesday September 15, 2021, from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT (UTC-4)!

The future of vertical flight, especially for advanced rotorcraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for passenger and cargo delivery mission, will be greatly enhanced by autonomous flight, and there has been tremendous progress in this area in recent years. The Vertical Flight Society has brought innovative executives from the world’s leading vertical flight organizations together to discuss the eventual transition autonomous flight. This is the 5th annual event, starting in 2017.

Successfully Transitioning to Autonomous Vertical Flight

Moderator: Graham Warwick, Executive Editor for Technology at Aviation Week

From electric air taxis to unmanned helicopters and autonomous air cargo delivery, this interactive panel will field your questions about large autonomous VTOL platforms. This program is organized by AUVSI & VFS members: Ajay Sehgal, KBR and Barbara Lindauer, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.

Register today! The cost is just $50 for VFS members and $100 for non-members — students only $25!

Sikorsky logo A huge "Thank You!" to our event sponsor: Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company! There are a limited number of sponsorships remaining:

        • Platinum Sponsorship (1 max): $5,000 — includes top-billing logos/signage, flyer, five complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)
        • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, three complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)

More details can be found in the Sponsorship Application.

Questions? Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.

Note: All times are in US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), which is UTC-4.

Successfully Transitioning to Autonomous Vertical Flight
September 15, 2021 | GoToWebinar
All times are in EDT (GMT-4)
1130 - 1135 Welcome and Introductions
Ajay Sehgal, KBR
Graham Warwick, Aviation Week
1135 - 1205 Keynote Dr. Michael Leahy, Director, DARPA's Tactical Technology Office
1205 - 1235 Keynote, a fireside chat with 

Igor Cherepinsky, Director, Sikorsky Innovations, Sikorsky Aircraft

1235 - 1250 Short Break
1250 - 1530 Panel Discussion

Dr. Sanjiv Singh, CEO, Near Earth Autonomy
Dr. Luuk van Dijk, Founder & CEO, Daedalean AG
Andy Lacher, Director, Aerospace Systems Research Center, Noblis
Wes Ryan, Program Manager, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute
LTC Tom Meagher, Division Chief, AFWERX Prime, US Air Force
James Wilborn, Program Manager for Aviation Safety Enhancements, FAA


Posted June 18, 2021; updated September 8, 2021.